Hot and Delicious: 5 Great Cookbooks of 2011

Cookbooks are always a great gift. You can find a huge variety of cooking books, for every taste and budding chef. There are plenty of specialty cookbooks, like recipe books for vegetarians, books of low-carb food, celebrity chef cookbooks and so on. There were many great recipe books this year. Here are some of the finest, that would make a wonderful gift for any food lover:

My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness

Gwyneth Paltrow Cookbook

Gwyneth Paltrow shares her family life and recipes. The Academy-Award winning actress and avid foodie shares a sumptuous collection of recipes and gorgeous photographs celebrating the joy of preparing food for loved ones, a passion she learned from her beloved father.

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The Sriracha Cookbook: 50 “Rooster Sauce” Recipes that Pack a Punch

The Sriracha Cookbook

 

A great recipe book for those without much experience in the kitchen. Recipes are dead simple, with easy-to-find ingredients and clear instructions. This book, plus a bottle of rooster sauce, would make the perfect gift for any home cook that likes a lot of spice, without a lot of hassle.

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Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi

Vegetarian Cookbook

 

Recipe books for veggies are a big hit lately. Here’s another great one. Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the most exciting new talents in the cooking world, with four fabulous, eponymous London restaurants and a weekly newspaper column that’s read by foodies all over the world. Plenty is a must-have collection of 120 vegetarian recipes featuring exciting flavors and fresh combinations that will delight readers and eaters looking for a sparkling new take on vegetables.

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Macarons

Macarons Recipe Book

Oh, those yummy cookies, so delicate and wonderful. Macarons are all the current rage, and this beautiful collection of tried-and-tested recipes allows even first-time macaron makers to try their hand at these luscious delicacies.

This stunning collection of recipes adds a touch of magic to the macaron. From the subtle flavors of the perfect raspberry or lemon macaron to more adventurous combinations of violet and white chocolate or rhubarb and red currant, this book includes 28 recipes for these dainty and delicious treats.

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Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm

Modern Hospitality: Simple Recipes with Southern Charm

Known by TV viewers as the Mississippi belle whose demure demeanor belied nerves of steel and true culinary skill, America watched Whitney Miller crush the competition and become the first winner of MasterChef Season 1. Now Whitney’s long-awaited dream of writing her first cookbook has come true as she shares her favorite recipes and entertaining secrets in Modern Hospitality.

In Modern Hospitality, Whitney offers a fresh take on classic dishes passed down throughout generations of Southern women. In addition to providing more than 75 original recipes that showcase regional ingredients and authentic flavors, Whitney also shares her stories of family, tradition, and suggestions for effortless entertaining. Bring a taste of the South into your home with dishes like Oven-Fried Catfish, Shrimp and Sausage with Grits Soufflé, Mississippi Cheesesteak, and Sweet Potato Peanut Butter Blondies. With recipes this simple, elegant, and delicious, it’s easy to turn any occasion into something special.

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